Before we get to a recipe, I’m joining in on the fun little party we all, for some reason, adore. Sharing my day of eats from Tuesday, while pretending its Wednesday. Thanks Jenn, Arman and Laura for all the party planning.
I found smoked salmon on sale! Say what? That has never happened. Obviously I had to jump on the opportunity to get a little fancy. Smoked salmon and cream cheese is something I’ve only had a few times, but enough to know that I am definitely a fan.
Smoked salmon + cream cheese + red onion on a whole grain english muffin (freshly baked from a local bakery) + strawberries
If only I had some capers.
Although – I’ve asked this probably a trillion times yet still can’t remember – what the heck are capers?
Sometimes – actually fairly often – I just have a huge piece of baking for lunch. It’s one of my comfort go-tos. Always rounded out with an americano and piece of fruit.
Monster Chocolate Chip Cookie + Decaf Americano
Apple (recycled pic)
And now what I’m really wanting to share with you guys.
To me, comfort food doesn’t only mean potatoes and meat and super hearty gravy. It also means big hearty bowls of all my favorite vegetables, tempeh, and a drenching of delicious thick dressing.
I have nostalgic memories of my mother and I getting bowls just like this from my favorite restaurant when she would visit me. We’d get big take out brown boxes and take them back to my apartment, pour some wine, and slowly dig through them while watching a movie. Funny how memories can have just as much to do with comfort food as the actual ingredients do.
It has been my favorite salad combination ever since. The starchiness of the sweet potatoes, the meatiness of the tempeh, the heartiness of the broccoli and beets – all stirred together in the most unreal sesame ginger dressing. I just love it when it gets all super mixed together and ugly looking in one big bowl on my lap. Mmm.
As we know, salads and recipes don’t make much sense. Follow the guidelines as much as you’d like, and then focus on the dressing. I’m usually super awful and lazy at making actual dressings, but this one I did for real. #proud
I’ve been downing this fruit/spice cake I had leftover from Christmas. Really it just tastes like carrot cake (aka amazing). I make a quick cream cheese “icing” by mixing 1 Tbsp cream cheese + 2 Tbsp plain yogurt + stevia. Soooooo good.
Spice cake + yogurt/cream cheese icing + dark chocolate
What is one of your favorite comfort foods? Do you think it is partly because there is a fond memory attached to it?
Smoked Salmon fan? Maybe you can remind me what a caper is…